Alcohol and Other Drugs
What is the problem?Drinking and Driving
Drinking and driving remains a serious problem in Minnesota:
- In 2007, the National Safety Council conservatively estimated the cost of alcohol-related crashes in Minnesota to be $314 million.
- Alcohol-related traffic deaths make up about one-third of all traffic crash deaths in Minnesota.
- In 2004, almost three percent of Minnesota adults self-reported alcohol-impaired driving. Minnesota adults are more likely to report alcohol-impaired driving than adults nationally.
- One in four of our high school seniors reported driving after using alcohol or other drugs and even more rode with friends who had been using.
Drinking and Driving -- Data Sources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008.